The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected seniors, who are more prone to severe illness and death from COVID-19; are more likely to live in congregate settings; and are more likely to require in-person services, which increase their risk of exposure.
In Eagle River, Alaska, located approximately 15 miles from downtown Anchorage, the Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is helping revitalize the city’s downtown while providing affordable housing and green amenities to seniors, families, and other residents.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program is a first-of-its-kind program, providing historic levels of assistance that have enabled vulnerable households to pay their rent and remain housed.
The 2-year period following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by an initial decrease in rental housing demand followed by a rapid increase in demand and decrease in vacancy rates by the third quarter of 2021.
Housing advocates and policymakers have grown increasingly interested in accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or “granny flats” — small units of housing built inside, attached to, or on the same property as a primary residence — as an important strategy for increasing housing supply.
Most low-income families can qualify for housing choice vouchers (HCVs); however, although the HCV program imposes no limits on the duration of assistance, eligible households often remain on a waiting list for years before receiving assistance.
The more than $30 billion in rental housing funds included in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) provide a historic opportunity to make measurable progress towards ending homelessness and preventing housing loss in America.
When the coronavirus pandemic emerged in spring 2020, agencies devoted to providing housing resources and homelessness services scrambled to build and adapt programs to keep people safe and sheltered.